Meet Akira: a digital resource for Personal Care Assistants working in aged care

AUD $0.00

Free for members

Meet Akira is an interactive story inviting users to learn about spiritual care by engaging in familiar scenarios, by following the daily journey of Akira, a Personal Care Assistant, working with older people. As PCAs share Akira’s story, they will learn that:

  • Spiritual care is more than religious care
  • Their work already includes acts of spiritual care, that they may not be aware of
  • Spiritual care can enrich their own sense of professional value.

Learn more at our ‘sneak peak’ events in July. Meet Akira will be available for a full live preview at our member forum on 3 September, and release to all members after the launch at our AGM in November.

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We are running special ‘sneak peak’ events in July (via Zoom) so our members can get a better idea about how it looks and works. The full product will be available live to all members who join our annual forum event on 3 September (on line) so you can have a play with it. Then it will be initially made available to Reference Group organisations. At our AGM in November we will release the app to all our members along with further advice to support your implementation. There is no additional cost for members to access and make use of Meet Akira. After its initial launch, we hope to continue to add to the app over time based on the needs of personal carers and our members.

Anyone who works with one of our members can register for a repeated 45 minute ‘sneak peak’ event here:

Sneak Peak 1: 14 July 2020, 10.00am (AEST)
Sneak Peak 2: 15 July 2020, 12.00pm (AEST)
Sneak Peak 3: 16 July 2020, 2.30pm (AEST)
Sneak Peak 4: 17 July 2020, 8.30am (AEST)

In accessing Akira’s story through a smart-device or desktop computer, PCAs will see familiar scenarios presented which allow them to learn through the character’s experiences. By understanding their role within the story, they will also gain an understanding of spiritual care which is natural and easy. It will become easy to see that small gestures can have a big impact, and that they can notice the things they do naturally as being important aspects of spiritual care. All they need is internet access and the special link.

Meet Akira has been developed using a co-design process with personal carers and older people; as well as with input from our Reference Group:

  • Baptistcare WA
  • Fresh Hope
  • Hall and Prior
  • UnitingCare QLD
  • Brightwater
  • Prof. John Swinton, University of Aberdeen
  • Dr. Richard Egan, University of Otago

Meet Akira will be available to member organisations after its launch later in 2020.

Thinking about implementation? Whilst it looks and feels like an app, Meet Akira is technically a website that is designed for mobile first. This makes it much easier for organisations to implement. You can text the link to your staff, email them, or use our SCORM file in your LMS which then links out to the Meet Akira experience.

Thanks to Prime Super for supporting us in this innovative work.

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